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Legal Needs of Refugees

VU International News and Reviews No. 111 April 23 2018

April 2018

HiiL, The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of the Law, has published an assessment of the legal needs of particularly Syrian refugees, based on analysis of 1800 Syrian refugees living in Lebanon and Jordan, collected early 2017. They found that almost 2/3rd of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon and more than 1/3rd in Jordan had experienced legal problems in the four preceding years: nearly 400 000 refugees with legal issues! The most pressing justice needs involve housing and money: house-eviction and non-payment of wages. The report notes that there is a dire need to collect more and better data on the justice problems for the Syrian refugees and the ways to resolve them, as well as better data on – and improvement of – the capacity of the justice system in the countries where the refugees live.

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